June 18, 2021 - Panola College’s Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) Club donated $20,501.15 to the City of Carthage. The funds will be put toward College View Park, the all-inclusive park to be built on Bird Drive.
“The members of the SOTA Club are thrilled to join with other community organizations to bring this amazing park to Carthage,” said Terrie King, the chair of the OTA program.
The SOTA Club raised the donated funds through sponsorships and an opportunity to win a Yeti cooler along with a variety of other prizes, which totaled over $1,000.
“We want to thank all the folks that supported our fundraising effort,” continued King. “Thank you to all of our sponsors, those who donated the items and the many folks that purchased drawing tickets. This would not have been possible without you.”
The OTA program was involved in the conception of the park, helping to do research about design and eventually presenting the idea to the city. King said that once the park has been built, one of her goals is to offer community health and wellness programs at the park as a way for her students to “learn through doing.”
“The all-abilities, all-ages park project is important to the SOTA Club, as well as the OTA program, because the goal of our profession is to help people do what they want and need to do,” said Abbie Suggs, the president of the SOTA Club. “We are looking forward to this park not only engaging our community in outdoor activities, but also for our OTA program to use as an extension of our classroom.”
Kolt Dement - Southern Region Bareback Champion
June 8, 2021 - The Panola College Rodeo Team will be traveling to Casper, WY June 12-19 for the College National Finals Rodeo. For more than twenty years, the College National Finals Rodeo has made its home and legacy in Casper, Wyoming. Nowhere else in the world can you find the most elite college athletes and animals going head to head in the dirt, competing to be crowned the best. Champions will be crowned in saddle bronc, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. Team championships will be awarded to the top Men’s and Women’s team competing at the CNFR. Over 400 cowgirls and cowboys from over 100 universities and colleges will compete to be Champions.
Gauge McBride - Southern Region All Around Champion
The Panola Men’s Team is the 2019 defending National Champion. The CNFR was canceled in 2020 due to covid-19. This year, the Men’s Team won the Southern Region to qualify in the top spot, which the top 2 teams from each of the 11 regions across the country qualify. Coach Jeff Collins will be taking 7 men’s team members and one young lady to represent Panola College. The top three individuals in each event in a region qualify for the CNFR.
The Panola Men’s Team competing at the CNFR include: Kolt Dement, a freshman from Rusk, TX, won the Southern Region Bareback Championship; Gauge McBride, a freshman from Kearney, NE, won the Southern Region All Around Championship; Kincade Henry, a freshman from Mt. Pleasant, TX, took second place and teammate Macon Murphy, sophomore from Keatchie, LA, took third in the tie down roping; Team Roper Riley Rieken, a freshman from won 2nd in the Southern Region; Michael Womack, of Bastrop, LA, took 2nd in the saddle bronc, and Seth Rustin, a sophomore from Nacogdoches will be competing in the bullriding.
Tie-down roper, Macon Murphy is the only team member returning to the CNFR from the 2019 Championship Team. In 2019 at the CNFR, Macon stunned the crowd and brought them all to their feet with the fastest time ever at the CNFR and went on to win the Tie Down Rookie of the Year.
Jayden Gould, a sophomore from Lufkin, TX, will be representing the women’s team for Panola this year in the breakaway roping. Jayden finished 2nd in the Southern Region to qualify for the CNFR.
The CNFR begins Sunday, June 13 at 1 p.m. and will continue each day down to Championship Night on Saturday, June 19. The College National Finals Rodeo is expanding live television coverage on ESPN. This year, all performances of the CNFR—Tuesday through Saturday (June 15-19)—will air on ESPN3. ESPN3 is available by using the ESPN App. Download the ESPN App from the App Store or Google Play. ESPN3 is also available on your computer. To view ESPN3 on a computer: Go to ESPN.com, click on ‘WATCH’, scroll down to ‘CHANNELS’, Select ESPN3 and click on “College Rodeo”. CNFR performances will stream live and replay the following day. Watching ESPN3 is easy using iOS, AppleTV, Andoid, Chromcast, Roku, Kindle Fire, Fire TV, and Xbox. You may need to register to watch, using your cable or satellite provider sign in. Additionally, the CNFR telecast production team will be producing two programs to air later in the summer on ESPNU. These programs will feature interviews, premier action from Casper, Wyoming, and the crowing of the CNFR champions. The CNFR telecast team would like to thank our corporate partners: Cinch Jeans & Shirts, Wyoming Division of Tourism, VisitCasper, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associaion, Platinum Performance, Cactus Saddlery, and Ram Rodeo.
May 24, 2021 - Panola College is proud to announce the students named to the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the Spring 2021 semester.
To qualify for the President’s List, students must complete the semester with a GPA between 3.8 and 4.0 with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Only courses applying toward an associate’s degree or certificate are included in the computation.
The Spring 2021 President’s List is as follows:
Allen - Blaine Thomas
Arp - Riley Rieken
Colmesneil - Jackson Dannelley
Decatur - Ashton Powell
Etoile - Emily Wheeler
Frisco - Ryan Thompson
Groves - Grant Rogers
Houston - Nicolas Hardin
La Vernia - Easton Parrish
Zachary La Grone
Mansfield - Destiny Burton
Milam - Brittany Gregory
Pasadena - Dylan Heim
Rusk - Charles Jackson
San Augustine - Aubrey Bennefield
Santa Fe - Hannah Stallings
Tyler - Sarah Kayadibi
Gonzales - Tanzi Stafford
Grand Cane - Carla McWilliams
Logansport - Rylie Blount
Rayne - Matthew Abshire
Shreveport - Cody Deen
Las Vegas - Maria Ghaleb
Purvis - Neely Grover
Summerville - Jalen Williams
To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must complete the semester with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.79 with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Only courses applying toward an associate’s degree or certificate are included in the computation.
The Spring 2021 Dean’s List is as follows:
Joel Martinez Gonzalez
Coppell - Joshua Bartolacci
Cushing - Lady Flores
Emory - Ariana Wells
Etoile - Aaron Stewart
Haslet - Jack Angus
Henderson - Madelyn Stegall
Huntington - Allie Endsley
Jasper - Tyler Brown
Jefferson - Cassidy Bolick
Kennard - Jermaine Leonard
Marquez - Jobeth Eddings
Mount Enterprise - Atalia Cantu
New Caney - Kailey Joyner
Panola - Lacy Stapleton
Quanah - Jordan Garvin
Roanoke - Gabrielle McBride
Wells - Jasmine Price
Keatchie - Katy Cash
Keatchie - Macon Murphy
Logansport - Haley Binning
Mansfield - Talaya Jones
Mansfield - Morgan Price
West Monroe - Ermis Wilson
Carmel - Tony Monaco
April 21, 2021 - Maison Davis took home the Wharton Breakaway title this past weekend as she paced the Panola College Women's team to a fourth-place finish. Teammate Abbie Muckelroy got 8th in the barrel racing to add to the team's points. The women's team has made a late move to move up in the standings to 5th in the team race for the CNFR. The top two teams in the Southern Region will qualify for the CNFR.
The defending National Champion Rodeo Team, the Panola Men's Team, took second in this past weekend's rodeo hosted by Wharton County Jr. College. The Men's Team has solidified the number one spot in the Southern Region with over 1100-point lead. They have led the Southern Region all year in the standings and are looking forward to defending the National Championship at the CNFR.
There were 6 of the men that placed this weekend for Panola as they finished just 4.5 points out of the winning. Thomas Wallace and Gauge McBride both placed in two different events this weekend. Wallace won 2nd in the steer wrestling and 6th in the tie down. On the other end of the arena McBride placed 3rd in the saddle bronc and 7th in the bareback riding.
Macon Murphy took 2nd in the Tie Down roping as he brought home a paycheck and points for Panola. Miguel Pena and Kaul Runfola wound out the points as they were 5th and 6th in the saddle bronc riding this weekend.
The Panola Rodeo Team will finish up the regular season circuit at McNeese State University Rodeo next week, April 29-30 in Lake Charles.
Standings as of April 19, 2021
Men's Team (Place, College/Contestant, Total Points)
1. Panola College: 4,174.50
2. Hill College: 3,056.50
3. Sam Houston State University: 2,413.00
4. Texas A&M University-Commerce: 2,391.50
5. McNeese State University: 2,248.82
6. Wharton Cnty Junior College: 1,922.66
7. Trinity Valley Community College: 1,894.00
8. Southwest Texas Junior College: 1,649.50
9. Texas A&M University: 1,497.16
10. Northeast Texas Community College: 158.00
11. Stephen F Austin State University: 22.50
Women's Team (Place, College/Contestant, Total Points)
1. McNeese State University:1,931.00
2. Sam Houston State University: 1,467.16
3. Southwest Texas Junior College: 1,274.00
4. Texas A&M University: 1,139.50
5. Panola College: 935.16
6. Wharton Cnty Junior College: 927.16
7. Hill College: 895.00
8. Texas A&M University-Commerce: 891.83
9. Trinity Valley Community College: 288.33
10. Stephen F Austin State University: 74.50
11. Northeast Texas Community College: 69.50
April 20, 2021 - Dr. Tom Jones of Carthage donated a variety of dental equipment to Panola College that will be used for hands-on skills training by the dental assisting program. The equipment – which includes dental chairs, dental tools and other instruments – came from Dr. Jones’s dental office following his retirement earlier this year.
“Panola College is extremely grateful for the equipment that was donated by Dr. Jones,” said Whitney McBee, the Workforce and Continuing Education Director at Panola College. “Each donated item will be of high value to the students in the dental assisting program, as they will be able to use the equipment for hands-on training that will help prepare them for the workforce.”
The dental assisting program, which is a part of Panola College’s Workforce and Continuing Education department, is 64 hours and takes students approximately 12 weeks to complete. Upon completion of the program, students sit for a national exam in order to become a national dental assistant.
“This donation by Dr. Jones goes above and beyond what we could have imagined,” said Cherilyn Caraway, who is a registered dental assistant and the instructor of the program. “I know that Dr. Jones has a passion for education, and we are all so appreciative of this generous gift.”
The complete list of equipment donated includes: two amalgam mixers, two autoclaves, automatic film developer, casting vibrator for pouring models, chemicals for film processor and ultrasonic, curing light, three dental chair units, three dental lights, dental x-ray units, intraoral camera system, intraoral x-ray units, restorative instruments, ultrasonic for instruments, ultrasonic scaler, x-ray equipment including film holders, and dental instruments including explorers, scalers, curettes, explorers, hemostats and suction tips.
April 13, 2021 - The Panola College men’s basketball team will host an open tryout for the 2021-2022 season on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 3 p.m. The tryout will take place in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium on the Panola College campus and will be limited to 50 participants.
The Ponies closed the 2020-2021 season 14-7 overall after competing in the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament on April 8. The team won seven of the nine games played at home during the season.
“During my 6-year career as a head coach, I have taken several players from open tryouts,” said Aaron Smith, the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Panola College. “This tryout will be a great opportunity for athletes to showcase their talent on the court in front of Panola College coaches.”
Those who are interested must complete the online registration form at bit.ly/poniesbasketball. A registration fee of $45 is required and must be paid online when completing the form.
April 13, 2021 - Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Beginning Yoga. The class begins April 19 – May 26 2021, Monday and Wednesday from 5:20 pm – 6:20 pm. The cost of the class is $60 and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email email@example.com
February 2, 2021 - The 2021-2022 endowed scholarship application is available now through Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Students planning to attend Panola College during the 2021-2022 academic year are strongly encouraged to complete the application and take advantage of this opportunity.
Through the generosity of alumni and friends of Panola College, over 145 endowed scholarships have been created throughout the years. The scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to students for various reasons such as financial need, academic standing, and participation in a fine arts or student activities group.
“We were able to award around 100 scholarships to students last year due to the generosity of our donors,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. “We hope to be able to award even more this year.”
The application may be found online at www.panola.edu by clicking ‘Explore Scholarships’ near the bottom of the homepage. All applications must be received online through the provided form by the March 31 deadline.
March 12, 2021 - The Panola College Foundation is excited to announce Drive-In Designer Purse Bingo as its spring fundraiser. The event will be held at the Carthage Civic Center on Friday, April 16, 2021. This event has been adapted from the annual Designer Purse Bingo that is always a sell out with 550 attendees in the past.
“We will have two huge drive-in movie screens and the audio for the evening will be piped in through the vehicle's FM radio,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement at Panola College. “Attendees are welcome to bring chairs, tables, food and drinks to enjoy a tailgate-style evening. We are encouraging attendees to decorate their space and tables to really take advantage of the fun night out.”
Each group will have two parking spots – one for vehicle parking and one to set up any chairs or tables. There will be a parking space separating each group as well. Vehicle admission tickets are priced at $80, which includes two (2) admission tickets and the option to add up to eight (8) additional admission tickets per vehicle. General admission tickets include a dauber and 36 game cards (3 per game). Gates will open at 6:30pm and games will begin at 7:30pm. All proceeds from the event will go to support students, faculty, staff and special projects at Panola College.
“The Panola College Foundation has had a wonderful response at our past seven Designer Purse Bingo fundraisers,” said Vicky Hudson, Panola College Foundation Chair. “This event is a large part of the Panola College Foundation fundraising efforts to provide student scholarships and program grants each year. At the start of the pandemic, these funds allowed the Foundation to provide emergency grants to students to help them complete the spring semester despite the challenges.”
You can purchase sponsorships and tickets on our website at http://www.panola.edu/panola-foundation/PanolaBingo.html. For more information, call 903-693-2029.
February 19, 2021 - The Panola College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Vocational Nursing (VN) programs are accepting applicants until March 1, 2021.
Students accepted to the VN track will begin the program in August. Applications can be picked up beginning Feb. 1 on the Carthage campus and on the Center campus.
Contact Yvette Royal at 903-694-4026 on the Carthage campus or Rachel Paddie at 936-598-9543 on the Center campus for additional information.
Students accepted to the ADN traditional two-year track will begin the program in August. Students accepted to the ADN one-year hybrid LVN-RN transition track will begin the program during the summer.
Applicants are invited to schedule a mentoring appointment with Katie Davis by calling 903-694-4019.
Admission requirements can be found for both programs at www.panola.edu under Programs, Health Sciences.